Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem. As he drew near to Bethphage and
Bethany at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples.He said,
“Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered
on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. And if anyone should ask
you,‘Why are you untying it?’ you will answer, ‘The Master has need of it.’
So those who had been sent went off and found everything just as he had told
them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you
untying this colt?” They answered, “The Master has need of it.” So they brought
it to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the colt, and helped Jesus to mount. As he
rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as he
was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of his
disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen.
They proclaimed: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd
said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He said in reply, “I tell you, if they
keep silent, the stones will cry out!”
What has you tethered to the world? What keeps you from experiencing the joy that the disciples expressed, as Jesus rode on a colt, which had never been sat upon, much less ridden. For those of you who have experience riding horses, you know it takes some time and an experienced rider to break in a horse before it could be ridden. Yet, here we see Jesus riding this here before unridden, untethered colt on His journey toward Jerusalem.
People were so excited to see Jesus that they spread their cloaks on the road as he approached. They shouted praises to God with joy for all the miracles they had seen while following Jesus. We know that this joy and praise would soon be followed by the cries of "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" However, the sorrow and fear His faithful disciples experienced, would soon be followed by the everlasting joy that could not be extinguished, except by following Judas' example and believing The Lord could never forgive us.
As men, we sometimes find it difficult to untether ourselves from the trappings of the world, whether it may be money, power, fame, comfort or any other worldly, self centered desire. When we hear the world shout praises to us, for what we believe are our own talents and accomplishments, we tighten the tether which holds us back from experiencing true joy and peace that could only be experienced by surrendering our will to the Father. He wants so much more for us than we could ever imagine for ourselves. So as we enter into Holy Week, let us finish this Lenten Season strong, strong in the Lord! Allow the Master to untether you, turn the praises back to the Lord, be a colt. The Master is in need of you!